Unique Food Tours

Welcome to Experience Food, the only food tour company in Ottawa that makes you discover Ottawa and Gatineau's top restaurants. Locals and tourists alike are invited to indulge in the city's booming culinary scene and discover the world-class restaurants that are putting it on the map. Named one of the best things to do in Ottawa, Experience Food offers you a delicious new way to experience this great city.

***CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 - The safety and well-being of our staff, partners and guests are our priority. Tours are currently suspended until further notice. We hope to see you in the near future.

Gourmet Experience

Dress up and follow our guide on an evening discovery of the quality and finesse of Ottawa dining. This tour brings you to four of Ottawa’s best restaurants. At each restaurant, one of the city’s top chefs will have carefully prepared a dish for you. Each dish is served with a drink handpicked by each establishment’s sommelier. In total, the night consists of two appetizers, a main course, and a dessert, each with a drink pairing.

*Our Gourmet Experiences feature the city’s top independently owned and operated restaurants. We have worked with these establishments to organize the best possible evenings with dining that can’t be compared to other food tours offered in the region. While this may mean that some of our tours are a little more expensive than the competition, you can rest assured that this translates to better quality.

Choose between 5 destinations that will blow you away. To learn about the destinations before you book – CLICK HERE

Premium Experience

Enjoy Ottawa and Gatineau’s finest restaurants during our Premium Experience. During these evening food tours, you will have a personal guide that will take you to eat at the best restaurants in a selected neighborhood. There, you will have the freshest and most unique dishes paired with the best drinks. This tour is the same format as the Gourmet Experience. It offers top-shelf ingredients and pairings.

*Premium Experiences, like Gourmet Experiences, only feature Ottawa’s best independently owned and operated restaurants. Premium Experiences offer larger budgets to restaurants in order for them to provide the most up-scale experience possible.

All Premium Experiences are private tours for 2 to 8 people. Choose between 5 great destinations. To learn more about these destinations – CLICK HERE

Tasting Experience

During this lunchtime guided tour, you will make 7 stops. Each will serve samples of the house’s specialty as you will learn about the neighborhood’s food scene. These laid-back afternoon tours consist of great no-frills restaurants and street food. In total, the tour has 5 savoury stops, an option for 2 alcoholic beverages, and 2 sweet stops.

*Tasting Experiences are designed to showcase the ByWard Market’s tastiest and most iconic foods. The restaurants were chosen for their quality. Most stops have room to sit. Expect to have some food while standing. Do not eat before the tour.

To learn more about this tour before you book – CLICK HERE

Partner Restaurants

Discover these great restaurants during our Gourmet and Premium Experiences


Here's what people are saying about us.

Nadine G – ★★★★★

ByWard Market Gourmet Experience

Thanks again for an amazing gourmet food tour of the market! The ladies and I really enjoyed it!

Alexandra L – ★★★★★

Old Hull Gourmet Experience

Had an absolutely wonderful time on the Experience Food Tour. Even though I was already familiar with some of the restaurants presented, the guide's historical presentation, the meet-and-greet with the chefs and the tailored wine pairing brought a solid value-added to the experience. Look forward to touring other neighbourhoods!

Nancy H – ★★★★★

ByWard Market Tasting Experience

My husband and I have taken a lot of food tours- Montreal, San Diego, Portland and Chicago to name a few. This one led by Matthieu was by far the best and with our history, he had a lot to live up to. He delivered much more than expected. His tour has more stops, more great fresh food and even some drinks. Don’t make reservations for dinner on the day of the tour as you won’t have any room left. We also got a great rundown on the history of the area. He also hosts tours in the evenings which involve 4 restaurants. I wish our stay in Ottawa had been longer so we could have signed on for one of his other tours. It was a great afternoon!

Anthony E – ★★★★★

Centertown Premium Experience

The tour was hands down, the best time we had in Canada.  This was our first "food tour" and it exceeded all of our expectations.  As I mentioned before, it's so good that I am going to write a more detailed account of our time.  All four restaurants were amazing and the wine pairing was perfect.  We got to feel a little like Anthony Bourdain.  Mathieu Samson-Savage was the best host.  Very polite and informative.  He was more than willing to answer every question we had.  All in all, this was one of the best times we have had travelling.

Ghislaine L – ★★★★★

Centertown, Old Hull, and Little Italy Gourmet Experience

If you are looking for a great evening. Look no further. Mathieu our guide was great, informative, cordial and assured we were at ease. The Centertown experience was awesome, we were 10 coworkers. The food, service and atmosphere in all locations were enjoyed by all. It was such a pleasant experience, we did it again. HULL did not disappoint, we were now a different group of 8, loved the history and the walk between each location. The food, to die for and again the perfect host. So much fun we have now returned to most places on our own. I do not want to ruin the surprise, therefore I'm not telling which restaurants. You must discover, accompanied by Mathieu!

Rachelle L – ★★★★★

Little Italy Gourmet Experience

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful evening last night. The food and service were excellent. It made for a fun and unique birthday celebration for my Dad that we all enjoyed very much. Good luck with your company. I would recommend your tours to anyone looking for an interesting way to experience some of Ottawa’s great restaurants!

Josée S – ★★★★★

Old Hull, Hintonburg, and Little Italy Gourmet Experience

Good food, good drinks, interesting facts and we even got to meet the chefs/owners! This was great!